Throughout the month of March, Ace Hardware is launching a fun and interactive 31 Days of Color experience, in which a new color will be unveiled every day. (Be sure to check out what the rest of the Ace team will be doing!) We’ve chosen a color that has inspired us, Clark+Kensington’s That’s Hula-rious, and we’ve used it to accent the newest addition to our home – an upgrade to our DIY dog food station, of course!
After adopting our Chunk last year (can you believe it’s only been that long? It’s like this goofball has always been here), bad dog parents that we are, we had Jack and his sister share their doggie station of yore – which worked, fine, we guess. We put their water bowl on the floor, and they would bump against each other for real estate over their bowls. We had every intention of creating a larger station using the same legs and same concept, but we put it off month after month – until now.
This time around, we put it together using a new batch of old studs (from behind these very walls!), but we reinforced it with threaded rod, washers and lock nuts in the exact same way we constructed our studio shelves. Because the upgraded station would be about a foot longer to accommodate the extra bowl, the threaded rods would keep those salvaged studs from sagging or separating.
After taking our measurements, we marked on each stud where we’d drill our holes, and using a paddle bit, we made room for the washers on the two end studs, like this:
From there, we ran our rods through our pre-drilled holes and tightened everything in place with lock nuts. In the end, we evenly spaced out four lengths of rod – one on each end, and one on either side of the middle bowl. Once our 2x4s were nice and tight, Scott used a Dremel to remove any of the threaded rod that extended beyond the surface of the stud.
To knock off that 100-year-old grime and remove the burrs, I gave everything a light sanding and reattached the legs. (We purchased 9″ hairpins from Cream Street Shop the first time around.) We wanted the bowls to sit in a 6″ diameter opening, and after scouring every vase in our home, we had an exact match! The vase was used to trace our circles, and Scott followed those lines with our jigsaw. Tip: To get started, Scott drilled a hole with a paddle bit for the jigsaw blade to fit through – then round and round he goes!
And then, color! I highlighted the edges with the Color of the Day, Clark+Kensington’s That’s Hula-rious. I taped off the top and legs with painter’s tape, and once the paint was dry, I sealed everything up – top and sides – with a couple coats of Polycrylic. Those dog dribbles are no joke.
The middle bowl is still shared water, but they’ve never taken issue with this and still seem to love us all the same – ha! They’ve already chosen sides (as most couples do, am I right?), and the improved upon station is a major upgrade in strength, although we’re not too sure they care that much?
You can keep track of each color as it’s unveiled during the length of the 31 Days of Color campaign, and you’ll be able to check in on each of the other Ace bloggers, too! Plus, Ace Hardware is hosting a sweepstakes throughout the month, with daily $50 gift card giveaways and one big prize worth $10,000 for a home paint makeover. (Um, yes!) And, the first 1,000 visitors to the site at 12pm EST each day can register to receive a free sample of the Color of the Day. Find all the details and inspiration right here, and good luck!